SE Custom 22 Solid body not on PRS product page

KYGuitarMan

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another 22 fret guitar bites the dust I guess. I knew the S2 CU 22 was discontinued. Maybe the SE at the same time. I just now noticed. But the semi-hollow is still there...
 

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Maybe the sales of 24 fret models exceeded 22 fret models? Just a guess on my part. All my guitars have 22.
 

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Considering that ALL PRS 'Core' guitars apart from the Custom 24 and Santana are 22 fret models, most with dual Humbuckers, you could argue that the role of the Custom 22 was already being covered elsewhere and, having to try and catch up with orders after being shutdown due to pandemics, it made sense to reduce their models and the Cu24 was the most superfluous model in the line up.

You have the McCarty, McCarty 594, 594 SC, 594 HB, Hollowbody II, Paul's Guitar, 509, DGT, Mark Tremonti, Studio (although has a NFF neck not double HB's) and the Special Semi-Hollow too. The Special is a 'Semi-Hollow' Custom 22-08 with an added NF to add more versatility - but its an 'evolved' Custom 22 and perhaps the 'replacement' in the current line-up.

Anyway, point is there are numerous 22fret Core options in the current model line-up that can fill that 'role' a Custom 22 used to fill. Not to say that PRS won't bring it back in the future - if demand and circumstance dictates, and there are used and some brand new options in stores too if you must have a Custom 22 over any of the other 22 fret PRS models. In a year that PRS had such a 'backlog' of orders to fulfill, it perhaps made sense to drop the regular Custom 22 for a year (or more) as there is still plenty of options on the market, but also means that additional orders aren't coming in that stops them making inroads into that 'backlog' of orders as they won't 'speed' up their production and compromise on their 'quality' and QC controls just to get more guitars out the door...
 

KYGuitarMan

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Maybe the sales of 24 fret models exceeded 22 fret models? Just a guess on my part. All my guitars have 22.
That's likely the case. That is all I want, a 22 fret SE with a maple cap/veneer on top and something other than a wide-fat neck. Micro switches wold be a real plus, not in the product mix. The company has quite enough SE 24 fret and/or wide-fat neck profiles. I think the only thing they have is a SE CU22 semi-hollow. One guitar, one finish. That seems to be it.
 

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That's likely the case. That is all I want, a 22 fret SE with a maple cap/veneer on top and something other than a wide-fat neck. Micro switches wold be a real plus, not in the product mix. The company has quite enough SE 24 fret and/or wide-fat neck profiles. I think the only thing they have is a SE CU22 semi-hollow. One guitar, one finish. That seems to be it.
I was watching a lot of video's of the SE Custom 22 semi hollow body. Was seriously considering it but I've talked myself out of it. I have guitars that I barely touch anymore so why add another? What I really need to do is to get some new pickups for some of the others. I have an Epiphone SG Pro that plays so good, but I was never crazy about the pickups, especially the neck pickup. If I found the right set (of which I'm close to deciding on) I know I'd be playing that one a lot. Same with my LP. And my Strat. And my Tele. And my other LP.
 
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